At our 4h Lecture Series last week, Prof. Alfio Quarteroni gave an interesting talk on „The mathematical heart: a computational model for the simulation of the heart function“.
Mathematical models based on first principles can describe the interaction between electrical, mechanical and fluid-dynamical processes occurring in the heart, as well as the coupling with the external circulation. This is a classical multi-physics problem featuring multi-scale solutions in space and time. Appropriate numerical strategies need to be devised to allow for an accurate and computationally effective simulation of these processes in both physiological and pathological regimes. The was well-attended presentation addressed some of these issues and a few representative applications of clinical relevance.